Sunday, February 18, 2018

Riotoro CR500 Tempered Glass Mid-Tower Case Review

You guys should head on over to Tom's Hardware this afternoon to check out my review of the Riotoro CR500 tempered glass mid-tower chassis.
"Riotoro" might not be a name that many of you are familiar with (yet), but the company comes from strong stock: It was founded by a group of folks that bring decades of experience to the table, from companies such as Corsair and Nvidia. In addition to its line of PC cases, Riotoro also makes power supplies, water cooling kits, gaming mice, keyboards, and fans.

Time-Lapse Speed Drawing of the Day

Skills. This lady has them.

Fired Google Engineer Loses Diversity Memo Challenge

Hah! I totally forgot about this guy.

Statements in James Damore’s 3,000-word memo “regarding biological differences between the sexes were so harmful, discriminatory, and disruptive” that they fell outside protections for collective action in the workplace, an associate general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board wrote in a six-page memo disclosed Thursday.

GTA Online Tax Refunds and Rebates

Log into GTA Online before February 26th to claim $250,000 of in-game currency as a refund. Now if only we could get the real government to do something like this.

Tax season is upon us and with 2017's population growth, the San Andreas Treasury Department is happy to report a new stimulus for all citizens - hustlers, triggers, shot callers and kingpins alike. Plus, take advantage of new state-wide GTA$ rebate program to spend on anything in GTA Online; from sensible investments like Executive Offices to submarine-sports car hybrids like the Stromberg.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Using A 'Human Uber' Surrogate To Work For You

WTF?!?

I'm working from home while a man wearing a motorcycle helmet and an iPad strapped to his face goes into the office as my surrogate. Through FaceTime, my head is displayed on the screen, allowing me to see and interact with my co-workers all while commanding a body that does not belong to me

Model 3 Crash Prompts Safety Changes From Elon Musk

Odd that Tesla didn't figure this out until one of its customers wrecked their Model 3.


The passenger was a bit worse off, her arm having broken the infotainment screen, resulting in some cuts. That broken infotainment screen also removed the only way to open the glove compartment, preventing the driver from being able to easily access his insurance documents.

LEGO Hulkbuster Kit Coming Next Month

Whoa! This thing is pretty damn impressive! Sure, it might not be as cool (or as large) as my son's 1/6th scale version but it is cool none the less.
Revealed this morning at New York Toy Fair, the Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition includes 1,363 pieces, which makes up both the giant Hulkbuster itself, and a lavish display base that you can kit out with robot arms to make it look like one of Tony Stark’s own elaborate construction platforms at Stark Tower.
For those of you that haven't seen it, this is my son's Hulkbuster:

Friday, February 16, 2018

My Hideous, Comfortable Gamer Chair Fills Me With Existential Dread

Apparently this is what passes for a "review" these days. Not even a link to a website or product page. Jebus. 😒

I don’t know if the Valkyrie is the best chair on the market. Perhaps there is a more subtle gaming chair out there. Or perhaps the Valkyrie’s showboat nature is just your style. I clearly have no idea what the heck I’m talking about when it comes to chairs. I think I’ve made that very clear. But I can tell you that this is a comfortable chair.

Crucial BX300 480Gb SSD Storage Review

Crucial's BX300 480Gb SSD is on the test bench today at Hardware Slave.

We’ve reviewed most of Crucial’s SSD product line over the years and it’s given us some good insight into their market placement and development. We have recently reviewed the MX300 1Tb SSD, effectively the third generation of their MX series, and it gave a good score and representation of Crucial. Now we are on to the third generation of the BX series, the BX300, which was released recently.

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Review

Those of you in the market for a new smartwatch might want to check out this review of the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier at OCInside today.

Our well-informed users are likely to have followed the release of the Samsung Gear Sport at IFA 2017. Today, however, we would like to take a look at Samsungs flagship, the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier. In the following smartwatch review on OCinside.de we will find out how clever this watch really is and whether the concept can prove itself in daily life.

Nintendo Switch Helped Man Discover Tumor?

Really? I don't want to be a wet blanket but...really?

Yes, that is a facetious statement, but interestingly enough, one man has benefited from an unadvertised side effect of the Switch’s HD Rumble feature. Chris Chalms claims that if it wasn’t for the vibration in the JoyCon controller, a tumor in his hand would have gone unnoticed for months.

Electronics-Recycling Innovator Faces Prison For Trying To Extend Computers' Lives

Although the title of this article is pretty misleading, the story is still worth reading. Interesting stuff for sure.

In 2013, federal authorities intercepted shipments of 28,000 restore discs that Lundgren had manufactured in China and sent to his sales partner in Florida. The discs had labels nearly identical to the discs provided by Dell for its computers and had the Windows and Dell logos. "If I had just written 'Eric's Restore Disc' on there, it would have been fine," Lundgren said.

Revenge Porn Is Officially Punishable by Law in New York City

Although we have pointed out a million times how revenge porn can be stopped dead in its tracks (QUIT TAKING NAKED PICTURES AND MAKING SEX VIDEOS YOU MORON!), New York has taken steps to make revenge porn punishable by law.

In November, the New York City Council unanimously voted to criminalize revenge porn. The criminal component of the law went into effect today, making it a misdemeanor offense in the city to share someone’s intimate photos or videos online without their consent. Perpetrators can face up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

NZXT N7 Z370 ATX Motherboard Review

Our friends at Play3r have posted a review of the NZXT N7 Z370 ATX motherboard that all of you need to check out.

This particular model is available in 2 different colours which are white and black. This gives users the ability to choose and customise the look of their system. Upon first glance, the most impressive and overwhelming things about the N7 is the full metal PCB cover which looks fantastic.

Must Watch Video of the Day

Stop what you are doing right now and watch this video. Serious. Do it. Do it now.

Big Layoffs Hit Mafia III Developer Hangar 13

*Disclaimer* I'm not trying to be a dick...but here comes something dickish....is this a surprise to anyone? I mean, the game didn't do well, so now there are cutbacks and layoffs. How is that confusing?

Mafia III developer Hangar 13 laid off a significant number of staff today, in yet another example of the video game industry’s brutal churn. Publisher 2K confirmed the move when reached by Kotaku this afternoon. “2K can confirm that there have been staff reductions at Hangar 13 in order to ensure that the studio’s resources are properly aligned with its long-term development plans.”

AI Modernizes 60-Year-Old Test for Assessing Kids’ Growth

Doctors Alexander Bilbily and Mark Cicero spent years training to be radiologists. But the two believe their biggest impact will be outside their medical offices. Bilbily and Cicero are founders of 16 Bit, a Toronto-based startup that intends to reinvent radiology with GPU-accelerated deep learning. The 18-month-old company recently took a big step in that direction by beating about 50 teams to win the Radiology Society of North America pediatric bone age competition. The contest, designed to show how AI could be applied to medical imaging, challenged competitors to modernize the decades-old test now used to assess children’s growth.

Intel Reimagines Data Center Storage with new 3D NAND SSDs

In 2017, Intel brought to market a wide array of products designed to tackle the world’s growing stockpile of data. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich called data an “unseen driving force behind the next-generation technology revolution,” and Rob Crooke, senior vice president and general manager of the Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) Solutions Group at Intel, recently outlined his vision for how storage and memory technologies can address all that data. In the past year, Intel introduced new Intel® Optane™ technology-based products and will continue to deliver exciting, blazing-fast solutions based on this breakthrough technology, with announcements later this year. Intel also brought industry-leading areal density to storage for consumers and enterprises, driving both capacity and form factor innovation with Intel® 3D NAND storage products.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

I'm ALMOST There!!!

Remember that stupid YouTube update that requires small content creators to have 1,000 subscriber before Feb 22nd or be demonetized? Guess what? I'M JUST SIXTEEN SUBSCRIBERS away with 7 days to go!!! I'm almost there, thanks to you guys!!!

My personal YouTube channel has more than 3 million views, and 5,300 hours of watchtime last year...all from only 699 subscribers. Obviously that's because I don't push people to subscribe / like or require people to subscribe to enter giveaways and such...and now I am being penalized for that. YouTube channels are now required to have 4,000 hours of watchtime within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers or they will be removed from YouTube's ad program.

Must Watch Twitch Stream of the Day

If you guys haven't checked out my son's (totally NSFW) Twitch gaming channel, you really should. How NSFW is it? Watch this totally *bleeped* video for an idea what to expect.

Super Slow Motion Magnet Smash in 4K

The Slo-Mo Guys are at it again!

ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches ROG Gladius II Origin

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced that the ROG Gladius II Origin optical gaming mouse is now available in North America. Gladius II Origin is the third model in the Gladius Series and provides gamers with an ergonomic design to suit various grip styles. It features the highly regarded Pixart PMW3360 sensor with 12,000 dpi to ensure that all mouse movements are accurately translated into precise cursor actions. Uniquely designed rubber side panels on both sides of the mouse offer enhanced control during glide and lift actions.

Windows 10 Getting An ‘Ultimate Performance’ Mode For Power Users

Wait...this new feature is only available for Windows 10 Pro for Workstations?

Microsoft is adding a new power scheme to Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, enabling power users to get more out of their machines. The new mode will be available in the next Windows 10 update, expected to be released in March or April. It’s designed for power users with high performance workstations, and will include special power management features to ensure performance is as best as a system will allow.

HotHardware 2.5 Geeks Show

If you haven't done so already, make sure you guys head on over to HotHardware and check out the latest installment of the 2.5 Geeks show.

CORSAIR Launches CORSAIR ONE ELITE

CORSAIR, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced a new version of its award-winning CORSAIR ONE small form factor gaming PC, the CORSAIR ONE ELITE. Now featuring the latest 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8700K six-core CPU, the CORSAIR ONE ELITE boasts six liquid-cooled CPU cores, running at up to 4.2GHz, providing even more processing power to drive the latest games, streaming tools and demanding content creation applications, all at once.


Sci-Fi Short Film of the Day

If you have 5 minutes to spare today, you really should watch this sci-fi short film called "Little Thing."

Developer Pulled From Steam For Reviewing Its Own Games

Crap like this makes you wonder how many other studios have done the same thing but haven't been caught yet.

“I had [sent] an email earlier but I was told that some of you announced to colleagues that you do not want to make a purchase of the game and/or a review. Frankly, this leaves me pretty disappointed. Of course I cannot force you to write a review (let alone tell you what to write) - but I should not have to. Neglecting the importance of reviews will ultimately cost jobs. If WB fails, Insel fails, IME fails and then we all will have no job next year. So I am asking you either of do the following: buy the game and present me the receipt until Friday night for which (together with a claim form) you will be re-imbursed within 24h or explain to me tomorrow why you do not wish to do this. I would like to discuss this individually and privately with each of you and will follow up.”

NVIDIA To US Congressional Committee; Embrace AI

In testimony before a hearing of the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Information Technology, Buck, vice president and general manager of our Tesla business, said the federal government should increase research funding and adopt AI to boost the nation’s economy and improve government services. 

“While other governments are aggressively raising their research funding, U.S. government research has been relatively flat,” Buck said. “We should boost research funding through agencies like the NSF, NIH and DARPA. We also need faster supercomputers, which are essential for AI research.”

AI Helps Customers Find Their Ideal Hair Color

Episode 4 of our “I Am AI” docuseries introduces ModiFace, a Toronto-based company that’s transforming the way people choose new hair colors and, along with it, the multi-billion dollar hair care industry. ModiFace has been bringing augmented reality to the beauty industry for the past decade. The company’s founder and CEO, Parham Aarabi, had applied his work on using AI for face tracking and lip detection to enable consumers to see what beauty products would look like when applied.

Intel Sees Promise of Silicon Spin Qubits for Quantum Computing

Quantum computing is heralded for its potential to tackle problems that today’s conventional computers can’t handle. Scientists and industries are looking to quantum computing to speed advancements in areas like chemistry or drug development, financial modeling, and even climate forecasting. To deliver on quantum computing’s potential, Intel initiated a collaborative research program in 2015 with the goal of developing a commercially viable quantum computing system.

Intel Expanding Bug Bounty Program

At Intel, we believe that working with security researchers is a crucial part of identifying and mitigating potential security issues in our products. Similar to other companies, one of the ways we’ve made this part of our operating model is through a bug bounty program. The Intel® Bug Bounty Program was launched in March 2017 to incentivize security researchers to collaborate with us to find and report potential vulnerabilities. This, in turn, helps us strengthen the security of our products, while also enabling a responsible and coordinated disclosure process.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tomb Raider to Rise on Linux and macOS

All you alternative OS users out there rejoice! Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration is coming to Linux this spring. You can thank Blue's for the good news!

Feral Interactive announced today that Rise of the Tomb Raider™: 20 Year Celebration, the definitive edition of the acclaimed action-adventure, will be coming to macOS and Linux this spring. Developed by Crystal Dynamics® and published by Square Enix® for Windows and consoles, Rise of the Tomb Raider is the breathtaking follow-up to Tomb Raider™, the 2013 series reboot.

Apple Confirms HomePod Can Leave White Rings on Wood Surfaces

Obviously these people are holding it wrong. Duh!


Apple told Pocket-lint that it is "not unusual" for a speaker with a silicone base to leave a "mild mark" when placed on certain oiled or waxed surfaces, suggesting the rings are caused by chemical interactions with treated wood.

Connecticut DRS Sending Sales Tax Notices To Newegg Customers

If you live in the state of Connecticut and you've purchased anything from Newegg in the past five years, get ready for a tax bill.

Connecticut law requires you to self-report the purchase and pay use tax in lieu of sales tax. For years, many have flouted this requirement with little to no consequence, as means of effective enforcement simply did not exist. However, this week the Connecticut DRS made waves by sending out use tax assessments for prior years to customers of at least one online retailer: Newegg.com.

Beyerdynamic MMX 300 Professional Gaming Headset 2nd Gen Review

The inmates over at Hardware Asylum just published a review of Beyerdynamic's second generation MMX 300 professional gaming headset today. 

Beyerdynamic may not be a familiar name to many gamers but they are one of the oldest manufacturers of high-end headphones with a solid reputation amongst audiophiles.  The MMX 300s was built to bridge a gap and please both serious gamers and audiophiles alike. As the most expensive gaming headphones in the lab, let’s find out if they measure up! 

AMD Ryzen 5 2400G And Ryzen 3 2200G Review

Another review of AMD's Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G APUs has popped up on the internet today. This time around it is the crew at TweakTown doing the reviewing.
The performance figures teased a month ago were very impressive, and today we will show you our results comparing the new Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G against competitors as well as Ryzen 3 and 5 processors already in the wild. The new Raven Ridge CPUs we are testing today offer enhanced technologies and are part of AMD's Ryzen 2000 series of processors, which are compatible with 300-series motherboards with a simple BIOS update.

Royole Moon 3D Entertainment System Review

Grab your favorite translator and mosey on over to OCInside to read their review of the Royole Moon 3D Entertainment System. Is it worth your hard earned money? Hit the link to find out!

We would like to introduce a very special combination today in our review on OCinside.de. It is the Moon 3D Entertainment platform of the company Royole. Despite the lack of motion control, the manufacturer promises an immersive experience in movies as well as other video clips or games. 

AMD Ryzen 5 2400G And Ryzen 3 2200G Review

HotHardware has published a review of the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G APUs that is certainly worth the click to check out.

AMD continues its assault on the desktop PC market with a pair of new, affordable APUs today, the Raven Ridge-based Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G. AMD has been talking about its plans to mate the Zen CPU and Vega GPU microarchitectures for quite some time and has revealed a number of details regarding these new hybrid chips over the last few months.

Crucial MX500 500GB SSD Review

Head on over to NikKTech to check out their review of the Crucial MX500 500GB solid state drive.

The MX500 is very first SSD line by Crucial to use their brand new 256Gbit 64-layer 3D TLC NAND flash and today we have the 500GB variant on our test bench.

How AI Brings a Critical Eye to Video

NVIDIA AI inference platform helps JD achieve 40x increase in video detection efficiency. Streaming video traffic is growing exponentially, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Internet traffic from streaming video in 2021 will quadruple today’s traffic, according to estimates by Cisco Visual Networking Index. That’s great for people using sites like Facebook, SnapChat or YouTube, the latter of which now has over 1 billion users — or nearly one-third of all internet users. But it’s a daunting task for enterprises that need to screen out inappropriate or illegal content uploaded to their platforms.

NVIDIA Powers 10 Years of Oscar-Worthy Work

For the 10th consecutive year, every movie up for Best Visual Effects at the Academy Awards was created using NVIDIA Quadro GPUs. The 90th annual Academy Awards — better known as the Oscars — takes place on Sunday, March 4. From blockbuster visual effects to groundbreaking technical achievements, NVIDIA technology and employees have contributed to Academy Award caliber work for 10 years running.

AI Offers Hope for More Effective Depression Treatments

Thinking about depression treatment is likely to depress you. The disease, which is the world’s leading cause of disability, affects an estimated 300 million people globally. Although there are plenty of possible treatments, doctors have no reliable way to know what’s best for each patient. Many people struggle with depression for years — enduring medication side effects and feelings of despair — while they contend with what’s now a trial-and-error effort.

The company is using GPU-accelerated deep learning to predict the best treatments based on a patient’s symptoms, demographics and the results of certain medical tests. Its work so far earned it a spot as one of the top 10 teams in the ongoing $5 million IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Competition,

WD Announces Closing of Offerings of $3.2 Billion Senior Notes Due 2026

Western Digital Corporation today announced that it has closed its previously announced concurrent offerings of $2.3 billion aggregate principal amount of 4.750% senior notes due 2026 (the "2026 notes") and $1.0 billion aggregate principal amount of 1.50% convertible senior notes due 2024 (the "2024 convertible notes" and, together with the 2026 notes, the "notes"). The notes were issued by Western Digital, and guaranteed, jointly and severally on a senior basis, by certain of Western Digital's subsidiaries.

WD Announces Early Results of Cash Tender Offer

Western Digital Corporation announced today the early results of the previously announced cash tender offer (the "Tender Offer") and consent solicitation (the "Consent Solicitation") with respect to any and all of its outstanding 10.500% Senior Notes due 2024 (the "Notes"). As of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on Feb. 9, 2018 (the "Early Tender Deadline"), according to Global Bondholder Services Corporation, the depositary and information agent in connection with the Tender Offer and the Consent Solicitation, tenders and the related consents were received from holders of Notes and not validly withdrawn as outlined in the following table: